A Rustic, Outdoor Wedding on a Farm in Alabama

Olga and Dave

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Olga and Dave wanted an intimate, rustic, sophisticated, and relaxed wedding. After finding J&D Farms, they began crafting their vision. And on April 20, 2013, they tied the knot with an organic, outdoor ceremony, followed by a feast and plenty of merriment.

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The Stationery

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Wispy calligraphy by Sarah Robins Design set the tone for the stationery suite.

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The Fashions

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Olga dazzled in a Wtoo by Watters gown, Startrim sash, and headpiece by Powder Blue Bijoux. David looked dapper in a Hugo Boss suit.

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The Bridal Bouquet

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Olga carried a clutch of roses, ranunculus, veronica, and dusty miller designed by Mandy Busby.

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The Boutonnieres

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Dave and his three groomsmen amped up their lapels with boutonnieres of petite roses, snow berries, cedar sprigs, and hypericum berries.

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Blushing Bridesmaids

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Olga's three attendants donned blush pink gowns in various styles.

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The Ceremony

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White pews were set up in the orchard for the ceremony, with urns holding floral arrangements flanking the bride and groom. Musical selections included an instrumental version of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" for the bride's procession, and "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers as the couple walked up the aisle together as husband and wife.

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Cocktail Hour

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A friend who is a deejay at a local radio station curated a playlist of smooth jazz to play during the alfresco cocktail hour by the pool.

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Cocktail Fare

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Attendees noshed on charcuterie and cheeses.

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Delicious Drinks

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Fruit-infused water and iced tea were on hand during cocktail hour and the reception that followed.

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Lovely Florals

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Arrangements of roses, hydrangea, and veronica accented the location's natural beauty.

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The Reception

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The barn and neighboring grounds provided the backdrop for the reception. Long tables were set up in both areas.

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The Reception Tables

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The 70 guests sat at long tables anchored with centerpieces of roses, hydrangea, cedar sprigs, and veronica and scattered votive candles. Gold chairs and rimmed plates added a bit of luster.

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The Menu

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Guests feasted on a buffet of filet mignon, salmon, asparagus, parsley salad, grilled tomatoes and yellow squash, and roasted potatoes.

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The Guest List

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Family and friends traveled from near and far—with the brides' parents flying in from Belarus, a groomsman coming from India, and others from different parts of Europe—to share in the revelry of the nuptials.

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A Happy Day

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The happy couple lucked out with perfect weather, too—70 degrees and sunny.

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Petite Sweets

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Mini cakes were served for dessert.

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S'mores for All

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After dinner, everyone roasted marshmallows and made s'mores over an open fire.

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Photography: Erich McVey
Location: J&D Farms
Event Planning: Ginny Au
Catering: Veranda on Highland
Flowers: Mandy Busby
Officiant: Bret Ellis
Calligraphy: Sarah Robins Design
Hair: Jessica Tucker of Morgan Ashley Salon
Makeup: Peggie Lee
Cheese: The Cheese Advocate
Beverages: International Wines

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